St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-11-13
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St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (978) 685-4052
  • Street Address:

  • 8 Lowell Street

  • Lawrence, MA 01840-1416
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 10

  • Methuen, MA 01844

Contact Information

Services Schedule

5 PM Saturdays - Vespers

9 AM Sundays - Orthros

10 AM Sundays - Divine Liturgy

Sunday School (Sept-May) following Holy Communion

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fifth Tone

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.

لنسبح نحن المؤمنين ونسجد للكلمة المساوي للآب والروح في الأزلية وعدم الابتداء ، المولود من العذراء لخلاصنا . لانه سُر بالجسد ان يعلو على الصليب ويحتمل الموت ، وينهض الموتى بقيامته المجيدة.

Apolytikion for John Chrysostom, Abp. Of Constantinople in the Eighth Tone

Grace shining forth from thy mouth like a beacon hath illumined the universe, and disclosed to the world treasures of uncovetousness, and shown us the heights of humility; but while instructing us by thy words, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.

لقد أشرقت النعمة من فمك مثل النار فأنرت المسكونة ووضعت للعالم كنوز عدم محبة الفضة وأظهرت سمو الاتضاع فيا أيها الأب المؤدب بأقوالك يوحنا الذهبي الفم تشفع إلى الكلمة المسيح الإله أن يخلص نفوسنا.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Fourth Tone

As the deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm and champion of kings, victorious great martyr George intercede with Christ our God for our souls salvation. 

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Tone. Psalm 48.3,1.
My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart shall bring forth understanding.
Verse: Hear this all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2.

Brethren, it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever. Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.

البروكيمنون. First Tone. مزمور 48: 3، 1.
فمي يتكلم بالحكمة وقلبي يهذ بالفهم
Verse: اسمعوا هذا يا جميع الأمم

فصل من رسالة بولس الى العبرانيين 7: 26-28 8: 1-2.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، إِنَّهُ كَانَ يَلِيقُ بِنَا رَئِيسُ كَهَنَةٍ مِثْلُ هَذَا، قُدُّوسٌ بِلاَ شَرٍّ وَلاَ دَنَسٍ، قَدِ انْفَصَلَ عَنِ الْخُطَاةِ وَصَارَ أَعْلَى مِنَ السَّمَاوَاتِ الَّذِي لَيْسَ لَهُ اضْطِرَارٌ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ مِثْلُ رُؤَسَاءِ الْكَهَنَةِ أَنْ يُقَدِّمَ ذَبَائِحَ أَوَّلاً عَنْ خَطَايَا نَفْسِهِ ثُمَّ عَنْ خَطَايَا الشَّعْبِ، لأَنَّهُ فَعَلَ هَذَا مَرَّةً وَاحِدَةً، إِذْ قَدَّمَ نَفْسَهُ. فَإِنَّ النَّامُوسَ يُقِيمُ أُنَاساً بِهِمْ ضُعْفٌ رُؤَسَاءَ كَهَنَةٍ. وَأَمَّا كَلِمَةُ الْقَسَمِ الَّتِي بَعْدَ النَّامُوسِ فَتُقِيمُ ابْناً مُكَمَّلاً إِلَى الأَبَدِ. وَأَمَّا رَأْسُ الْكَلاَمِ فَهُوَ أَنَّ لَنَا رَئِيسَ كَهَنَةٍ مِثْلَ هَذَا ،قَدْ جَلَسَ فِي يَمِينِ عَرْشِ الْعَظَمَةِ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ خَادِماً لِلأَقْدَاسِ وَالْمَسْكَنِ الْحَقِيقِيِّ الَّذِي نَصَبَهُ الرَّبُّ لاَ إِنْسَانٌ.

Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 10:25-37

At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

8th Sunday of Luke
لوقا 10: 25-37

25 في ذلك الزمان دنا إلى يسوع نَامُوسِيٌّ قَامَ يُجَرِّبُهُ قَائِلاً: ((يَا مُعَلِّمُ وَقَالَ مَاذَا أَعْمَلُ لأَرِثَ الْحَيَاةَ الأَبَدِيَّةَ؟)) 26فَقَالَ لَهُ: ((مَا هُوَ مَكْتُوبٌ فِي النَّامُوسِ. كَيْفَ تَقْرَأُ؟)) 27فَأَجَابَ: ((تُحِبُّ الرَّبَّ إِلَهَكَ مِنْ كُلِّ قَلْبِكَ ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ نَفْسِكَ ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ قُدْرَتِكَ ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ فِكْرِكَ ، وَقَرِيبَكَ مِثْلَ نَفْسِكَ)). 28فَقَالَ لَهُ: ((بِالصَّوَابِ أَجَبْتَ. اِفْعَلْ هَذَا فَتَحْيَا)). 29وَأَمَّا هُوَ فَإِذْ أَرَادَ أَنْ يُبَرِّرَ نَفْسَهُ ،قَالَ لِيَسُوعَ: ((وَمَنْ هُوَ قَرِيبِي؟)) 30فَأَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وَقَالَ : ((إِنْسَانٌ كَانَ نَازِلاً مِنْ أُورُشَلِيمَ إِلَى أَرِيحَا ، فَوَقَعَ بَيْنَ لُصُوصٍ ، فَعَرَّوْهُ وَجَرَّحُوهُ ، وَمَضَوْا وَتَرَكُوهُ بَيْنَ حَيٍّ وَمَيْتٍ. 31فَعَرَضَ أَنَّ كَاهِناً نَزَلَ فِي تِلْكَ الطَّرِيقِ ، فَرَآهُ وَجَازَ مُقَابِلَهُ. 32وَكَذَلِكَ لاَوِيٌّ أَيْضاً ، إِذْ صَارَ عِنْدَ الْمَكَانِ جَاءَ وَنَظَرَ وَجَازَ مُقَابِلَهُ. 33وَلَكِنَّ سَامِرِيّاً مُسَافِراً جَاءَ إِلَيْهِ ، وَلَمَّا رَآهُ تَحَنَّنَ،34فَتَقَدَّمَ وَضَمَدَ جِرَاحَاتِهِ ، وَصَبَّ عَلَيْهَا زَيْتاً وَخَمْراً ، وَأَرْكَبَهُ عَلَى دَابَّتِهِ ، وَأَتَى بِهِ إِلَى فُنْدُقٍ وَاعْتَنَى بِهِ. 35وَفِي الْغَدِ لَمَّا مَضَى أَخْرَجَ دِينَارَيْنِ وَأَعْطَاهُمَا لِصَاحِبِ الْفُنْدُقِ ، وَقَالَ لَهُ: اعْتَنِ بِهِ ، وَمَهْمَا أَنْفَقْتَ أَكْثَرَ فَعِنْدَ رُجُوعِي أُوفِيكَ. 36فَأَيُّ هَؤُلاَءِ الثَّلاَثَةِ تَرَى صَارَ قَرِيباً لِلَّذِي وَقَعَ بَيْنَ اللُّصُوصِ؟)) 37فَقَالَ: ((الَّذِي صَنَعَ مَعَهُ الرَّحْمَةَ)). فَقَالَ لَهُ يَسُوعُ: ((اذْهَبْ أَنْتَ أَيْضاً وَاصْنَعْ هَكَذَا)). 




Wisdom of the Fathers

Let us make our mercifulness abundant, let us give proof of much love to man, both by the use of our money, and by our actions. ... Go then, and put a stop to the evil; pull out them that are drowning, though you descend into the very depth of the surge.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 15 on Matthew 5, 4th Century

Godly love cannot be perfect unless a man love his neighbor also. Under which name must be included not only those who are connected with us by friendship or neighborhood, but absolutely all men, with whom we have a common nature, whether they be foes or allies, slaves or free.
St. Gregory the Dialogist
Sermon 12, On the Fast, 6th century


Saints and Feasts

November 13

John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

This greatest and most beloved of all Christian orators was born in Antioch the Great in the year 344 or 347; his pious parents were called Secundus and Anthusa. After his mother was widowed at the age of twenty, she devoted herself to bringing up John and his elder sister in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. John received his literary training under Anthragathius the philosopher, and Libanius the sophist, who was the greatest Greek scholar and rhetorician of his day. Libanius was a pagan, and when asked before his death whom he wished to have for his successor, he said, "John, had not the Christians stolen him from us." With such a training, and with such gifts as he had by nature, John had before him a brilliant career as a rhetorician. But through the good example of his godly mother Anthusa and of the holy Bishop Meletius of Antioch (see Feb. 12), by whom he was ordained reader about the year 370, he chose instead to dedicate himself to God. From the years 374 to 381 he lived the monastic life in the hermitages that were near Antioch. His extreme asceticism undermined his health, compelling him to return to Antioch, where Saint Meletius ordained him deacon about the year 381. Saint Meletius was called to Constantinople later that year to preside over the Second Ecumenical Council, during which he fell asleep in the Lord. In 386 Bishop Flavian ordained John presbyter of the Church of Antioch. Upon his elevation to the priesthood his career as a public preacher began, and his exceptional oratorical gifts were made manifest through his many sermons and commentaries. They are distinguished by their eloquence and the remarkable ease with which rich imagery and scriptural allusions are multiplied; by their depth of insight into the meaning of Scripture and the workings of God's providence; and, not least of all, by their earnestness and moral force, which issue from the heart of a blameless and guileless man who lived first what he preached to others. Because of his fame, he was chosen to succeed Saint Nectarius as Patriarch of Constantinople.

Saint John was surnamed Chrysostom ("Golden-mouth") because of his eloquence. He made exhaustive commentaries on the divine Scriptures and was the author of more works than any other Church Father, leaving us complete commentaries on the Book of Genesis, the Gospels of Saints Matthew and John, the Acts, and all the Epistles of Saint Paul. His extant works are 1,447 sermons and 240 epistles. Twenty-two teachers of the Church have written homilies of praise in his honour. Besides his feasts today and on January 27, he is celebrated as one of the Three Hierarchs on January 30, together with Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory the Theologian.


Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, November 19

5 PM Vespers

Sunday, November 20

9 AM Orthros 

10 AM Divine Liturgy

Sunday School following Holy Communion


Pastor's Ponderings

The parable of the Good Samaritan invites us to share our very selves with those in need. The Lord Jesus Christ, allegorically understood by the Fathers as the Good Samaritan) models for us how to serve our neighbors. We are to bear their burdens, bind up their wounds and carry them to the Church (the inn of the parable). We can carry them in our hearts by prayer, with our alsmgiving towards the Church and organizations providing for the poor, and by sharing our time reaching out to those near and far with acts of service and kindness. May the Holy Spirit fill our hearts, minds and bodies through the intercession of St. George, our patron so that we may offer all to the glory of God! Amen. Fr. Ephraim

On November 15, we begin, with God’s help, the forty-day Nativity Fast in preparation for the feast of the Nativity of Christ on December 25.  The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods.  The first period is November 1 5 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays. Th e second period December 20 through 24 is when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil only on Saturday and Sunday.


Memorials, Celebrations and Milestones

Today the Memorial prayers are offered for the deceased members of Louise Haddad's family: Dave, David, Namy, Helen, Nemir, and Marie...May their memory be eternal.

Last night at Vespers Artoklasia was offered in thanksgiving for Damian and Dominic Hastings and for John Mitchitson for their name days.